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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Feb 22, 2011 12:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH: A Dream (Bowl) of a Show

I’m practically losing sleep waiting for the upgrade of this fantastic show (I’ll bet Cliff is too), one of my favorites of ’69.

Things start off nicely with a solid Dupree’s, and a gorgeous transition from Mountains of the Moon into Dark Star – Jerry’s acoustic playing never ceases to amaze me!

The Dark Star that follows, while undeniably not as strong as the next show’s legendary performance, is in my opinion only mildly inferior. The intro jamming is wonderful, Garcia weaving his usual genius. The whole song is really, with him driving a very psychedelic and intensely fluid jam. I especially love the beautiful run-up he does around the 10:40 mark. Were it not for some annoying bass distortion during much of the jam, it would be even better.

Dark Star moves into an equally great TIFTOO suite a la 2/13/70 (How few times they must have done this), the Cryptical reprise being particularly epic. I can’t really think of too many bad performances of this suite in ’69.

The second set maybe isn’t quite as strong, but it contains perhaps my favorite part of the show. There are almost too many great Elevens worth mentioning in 1969, but me thinks this one has to be one of the very best, easily eclipsing the longest ever (?) from the night before. The boys reach up into an entirely new plane during this heart stopping performance! The whole thing smokes from start to finish, but the minor key jam transition into Lovelight is especially relentless. And speaking of Lovelight, this one also rages extra hard; they really bring the house down and end the night on a high note.

There are some sound issues with this show, some cuts and really muddy sounding parts, so like I said I’m really eager to hear what the upcoming Miller upgrade will be like. For now I think this copy of the show might be a little ‘crisper’ than the other:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1969-02-22.sbd.vernon.5206.shnf

Happy listening to all

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Poster: Jim F Date: Feb 22, 2011 2:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Dream (Bowl) of a Show

For some reason I've always just kindof pushed this show aside. Probably listened to it once or twice after I got it, but never returned to it. But it keeps popping up on so many forums, due to the recent upgrade of 2/21 and hopefully soon, 2/22.

I need to make time for this one, it gets so many positive reviews (though I don't go by those too much, earlier I read a whole page of amazing reviews from some boring looking show from 1983). Though perhaps I'll leave it for if we see an upgrade.

I don't doubt it's power, I think I just forgot about it. Maybe it was the sound quality that never made me go back? Maybe it got lost in the daily backlog of TDIH shows that I only get around to 10% of (I'm just today getting around to 2/13-14/70)? Who knows? But it's on my list now...

This post was modified by Jim F on 2011-02-22 10:41:50

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Feb 22, 2011 8:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Dream (Bowl) of a Show

Did I read that right? You've never listened to 2/13-14/70?

I envy you. I once claimed the 2/13 to have my all-time favorite Dark Star (I'm not so sure now but it's still one of my favorites). 2/14 has an outrages second set medley (highlight: incredible roller-coaster ride of emotion in NFA).

Enjoy!

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 22, 2011 11:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Dream (Bowl) of a Show

I'm sure he's very familiar with the 1970 Fillmore East music. I read it that he didn't get around to revisiting the shows on their anniversary.

And I'm going to have to agree with him regarding 2/22/69. In spite of how great the performance is, I just don't have the patience to enjoy muddy '69 recordings, regardless of how great the music is.

But clementinescaboose is absolutely right about how much I'm looking forward to Charlie's new transfer of this show. I anticipate that 2/22/69 will be a new member of my top-ten list for 1969.

This post was modified by Cliff Hucker on 2011-02-22 19:07:55

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Feb 22, 2011 10:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Dream (Bowl) of a Show

Ah okay, I should have known. I thought it was mighty odd that he hadn't heard those shows.

I always felt the playing on 2/22/69 was fantastic and fiery; Can't wait for the upgrade myself.

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Poster: Jim F Date: Feb 22, 2011 2:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Dream (Bowl) of a Show

Ha yeah, I'm VERY familiar with the run, I meant that I just hadn't gotten around to revisiting them for the anniversary. Last night I got through the Alligator>>>Caution sequence from 2/14, and the Cryptical>>>Lovelight suite from 2/13. I'm saving the Dark Star for a special moment.

Never quite made it to the shorter early electric sets and stuff, and only got to a few of the acoustic songs. I'm really more of a jam guy, 1970 is a different story of course but when it comes to like '71 and up, I don't really listen to first sets. I have so much music, and listen to so many different things, there's only so much time and while great songs I quite frankly just often can't sit through a Mexicali>Big River every day. When I'm in the mood to hear GD music, it's for the improv, like a nice long 69 Star>>Eleven, or a 72 Truckin>Other One, etc.

Think I'm gonna give 2/11/70 a good listen tonight (that one always seems to get lost in the discussions of the run). Now the dilemma is which source to pick of the 5 or so I have? I actually kinda like the AUD best for that one, some of the guests get buried in the mix on the board tape. I'm sure a matrix of the two would suck, but I'd still like to see it tried.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 22, 2011 12:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Dream (Bowl) of a Show

Even when I just had a muffled tape that was slowed down by 10% or so, this show was pure magic. One of those shows where I couldn't believe it was real. Outside of the Fillmore West run, this is my favorite show of winter '69.

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Poster: Jim F Date: Feb 22, 2011 3:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Dream (Bowl) of a Show

See that's exactly my point, when so many people, especially a figure like LIA, says it's a top 5 of the year, I KNOW it's a good one. Think I'll make time for it tonight and scratch my plans for 2/11/70.